Clashing Expectations: Strategic Thinking and Alliance Mismanagement in Japan

United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia

Author/s (editor/s):

H. D. P. Envall

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Book chapter

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Cambria Press

H. D. P. Envall, ‘Clashing Expectations: Strategic Thinking and Alliance Mismanagement in Japan’, in Yoichiro Sato and Tan See Seng, eds, United States Engagement in the Asia Pacific: Perspectives from Asia, Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2015, pp. 61-88.

The US-Japan alliance has been buffeted by numerous frictions in recent years. A particularly turbulent period in alliance relations came in 2009-10, when there seemed to be a ‘widening rift between the two nations over security policy’. Pessimism was not restricted to the United States. In Japan, there was also much criticism of US administrators and debates about whether ‘fissures’ had opened up in the relationship.

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